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Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.4% ABV
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4.2 16 Ratings
14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This 2014 Cabernet balances bright flavors and aromas with rich structure,weight, and texture. The wine bursts with a complex array of aromas including fresh blueberries, huckleberry pie, crème de cassis, bay leaf, clove, licorice, and toasted almonds. On the palate, there is a strong presence of baked blackberry cobbler, black cherries, graphite, dried sage, sweet cedar, and nuances of toasted walnuts. These flavors hold through the mid-palate and finish with firm and chewy tannins. It is enjoyable now and will continue to evolve through 2025 and beyond.

Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

Critical Acclaim

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JS 92
James Suckling
Juicy and fruity with currants, walnuts and hints of fresh herbs. Full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Luscious style. Drink in 2019.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, saw 40% new French oak for 20 months prior to bottling. This is an outstanding wine – full-bodied, with sweet blackcurrant fruit, some graphite, licorice and savory allspice. It is round and juicy, with light tannin and low acidity. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.
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Whitehall Lane

Whitehall Lane Winery

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Whitehall Lane Winery, Napa Valley, California
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Whitehall Lane Winery was founded in 1979, but the history of the soil cultivation dates back two centuries. In the mid 1800's, Napa Valley settlers were drawn to the gravelly-loam soils and ideal climate, planting high quality grape vines at the Whitehall Lane Winery site. A barn constructed in the early 1900's for equipment storage is still used today. In 1979, two brothers started the winery and directed their winemaking efforts successfully to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They named the winery after the road that runs along the southern border of the property, Whitehall Lane.

In 1993, the Leonardini Family purchased the Whitehall Lane Winery estate. They updated the winemaking and barrel-aging program and introduced a scientific approach in the vineyards. The winery now owns seven prime vineyards that are the cornerstone on which the wines are made. They include two vineyards in the St. Helena Appellation, three vineyards (including the winery) in the Rutherford Appellation, one vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and one vineyard in Sonoma Valley.

In its short history, Whitehall Lane has developed into a world-class winery. The efforts of the Leonardini Family are evident in the run of accolades from wine publications but are even more apparent in their elegant, beautifully made wines.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Although George Yount planted the first vineyard in the valley in the mid-1830s, and although land under vine increased over the next 130 years, it wasn’t until the 1960s when a few determined growers began increasing production in earnest. By the 1970s Napa Valley already had shown the world its ability to compete head-to-head with the esteemed region of Bordeaux. The victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, followed by Robert Parker’s 100-point perfect score awarded to the Groth 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon brought plenty of acclaim to the valley.

Though Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly still dominates Napa Valley in every way, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and enjoying plenty of recognition, other red varieties certainly thrive here as well. Important but often overlooked include Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded for single varietal wines or for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel still exists in the valley and in its mountain appellations, representing an important historical stronghold for the region. Pinot noir can be produced but mainly in the cooler southern parts of the valley close to the San Pablo Bay.

What makes Napa such an amazing place for the production of red wines? Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season. This action leads to a diurnal temperature shift ideal for the even and slow ripening of its grapes. Furthermore the valley and its more mountainous sub appellations claim over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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